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Join Southern Barton Heights Copwatch on Friday July 6th at 8pm to participate in a Copwatch Patrol of the First Fridays Artwalk on Broad Street.

Meet at 422 West Broad, in front of the Made RVA General Store.

Bring cameras- video or still, cell phones, flashlights or headlamps, water and snacks if you have them. Please dress for the weather and with shoes you are comfortable walking around in for a couple of hours.

If you are able to, we recommend that you get in touch with Copwatch ahead of time for a Know Your Rights training and a brief How to Copwatch training. We will coordinate groups for that evening, and also arrange for a group debriefing at the end of the night.

August of 2011 was the first month we did an official patrol of the First Fridays event (after over a year of doing Copwatch in Richmond), and one Copwatcher had a tazer put in their face by a Richmond Cop. In September, a smaller patrol went out and was assaulted and harassed by the Richmond police, culminating in one member of Copwatch being arrested at the end of the night on bogus charges. We refuse to be intimidated by the illegal actions of the Richmond Police Department. The aggressive, illegal, and unprofessional behavior of the Richmond Police Department as a whole, simply goes to show the necessity of Copwatch, and the regular observing and recording of a police force as long as one exists. Beyond that the continued violent and oppressive behavior of many members of the Richmond Police Department goes to show the systemic nature of problems with police- problems that will be solved not through reform, but through abolition. As long as the police congregate on Broad Street to oppress and antagonize largely youth of color in order to maintain the gentrifying aspects of the First Fridays Artwalk, Copwatch will be there.

In July we will be doing patrols of this event, cameras in hand. If you are interested in joining us for the patrol, please get in touch, so we know how many cameras and other equipment to bring out with us. We will start patrols around 8:30pm, and keep going until everyone is tired. We will try to make ourselves visible for folks who might just want to have conversations through out the night.

This will be a chance for folks who have never experienced Copwatch to talk with experienced copwatchers and get some training as to how to safely observe and record the police.

You can get in touch at or 804 303 5449 or come to the Copwatch meeting on the 4th Tuesday of each month  at 7pm at 2005 Barton Avenue

This is a list of the guidelines we have come up with for guests at the Wingnut.


We are a Community Oriented Activist Home

If you are hanging out here or staying here we have a few requests.

  • Make sure it is ok for you to spend the night
  • No guest is allowed to spend more than 4 consecutive nights
  • All guests should help with food costs – bring us some food, or throw down some money etc.
  • All guests should help with cleaning, and contribute by cleaning or fixing something every day they stay- ask us, we have plenty to get done
  • All guest bedding should be cleaned up each morning, not left out on couches or floors
  • All guests should do their own dishes
  • Guests can help avoid wearing out their welcome by not zoning out on couches
  • All of our utilities cost money- contributions for the utilities you use are encouraged (internet, water, electric)
  • Please keep utilities in mind- turn lights and electronics off when you are not in the room, and do not waste water
  • Help us out with projects like gardening, cleaning, construction, pruning, building, organizing etc.
  • Communicate with us! Clearly and frequently, so we know your intentions and you know ours
  • Absolutely no drugs allowed, with you or in you. No mercy for anyone who violates this rule. As a political space with police harassment we want to avoid trouble where we can.

The city said we needed to fix our fence (oh CAPS…), and our friend Steve came to town to help us.

We found materials in our own yard to fix the crappy parts of the fence. YAY!

Here are some pictures for your amazement and amusement:


Old camper roof = strongest part of the fence yet! Plus a window...

The cute pictures come next: (more…)

We now have 1 inch Wingnut buttons, you can get one in red and black or green and yellow. A dollar if you have one, but if not we will give you one for free! On the literature table at the Wingnut!Show your support of the Wingnut Anarchist Collective with a button sure to confuse and maybe even blind!

We’ve been working hard to decorate the Wingnut for the Memorial Day Party in Memory of People Murdered by the Sate, and also just to get painting projects done that we couldn’t do this winter when the paint wouldn’t dry. Here are some pictures of the things we’ve been up to:

The new mural is coming along, as are the rainbow columns!

Had to get that one up there...

We've been planning this one for a while

the Wingnut garden grows!

Painting is more fun with friends!

The Wingnut Anarchist Collective is working in the Southern Barton Heights neighborhood to help facilitate community autonomy and solidarity.

Open Hours are just that – open. You are welcome to come hang out, look at books, work on a project, drink tea, talk, do your homework, write, play a game etc.

You don’t have to want to engage in a particular activity to come use the space.

Open hours are intended to create a community space for both the Southern Barton Heights and the radical/anarchist community.

Every other Wednesday at 7:00pm is also Craft Night! Come to the Wingnut to draw, paint, sew, build, and create! Get creative and make something, or get involved with a project someone else is working on. Bring your projects and craft supplies.

Snacks always welcome as well!

Sober, all ages, like all Wingnut events.

In an effort to help activists and anarchists in the Richmond area from having to rebuild the wheel, the Wingnut Anarchist Collective is posting this Press Contact list. Hopefully this list will be helpful whenever groups need to send out press releases or contact reporters when an event is occuring.

If you have additions to this list please send them to us at and we will gladly keep this list up to date as a resource for our community.

We have categorized these contacts by media type. We also recommend that people program in the phone numbers to their phones so that the media can be contacted quickly when unexpected events occur.

We will be adding the snail mail addresses for these contacts in the near future.


Channel 6 –  Call (804)254-3684 – 24 hours a day

Channel 8 –   (804) 330-8814

Channel 12 – (804) 345-1212


Richmond Magazine –

Chris Dovi –

The Richmond Defender – (804) 644-5834

Richmond Free Press –  (804) 644-0496 (more…)

We have gotten a bunch of awesome new books in the past 2 weeks for the Wingnut Radical Lending Library. Some we picked up at the Monroe Park Occupation, some at Charlottesville Anarchist Bookfair, and some we got through being friends of PM Press.We are missing some of the books from Charlottesville- at Food Not Bombs in Monroe Park last Sunday someone picked up the wrong Milk Crate. If you know where those 7 books are please let us know, we were really excited to share them.

Come by during Open Hours to browse and check out books. Wednesdays and Fridays from 4-9pm. If you are interested in helping facilitate Open Hours or participating in any of the projects that come out of the Wingnut Anarchist Collective please get in touch!

Our entire collection is available for search online at


The Paul Goodman Reader by Paul Goodman

Capital and Its Discontents: Conversations with Radical Thinkers in a Time of Tu… by Sasha Lilley

Lucasville: The Untold Story of a Prison Uprising by Staughton Lynd

Ensenando rebeldia: Historias de la lucha popular oaxaquena (Spanish Edition) by Diana Denham

Moments of Excess: Movements, Protest and Everyday Life by The Free Association

TVA Baby (Spectacular Fiction) by Terry Bisson

Soccer vs. the State: Tackling Football and Radical Politics by Gabriel Kuhn


The Wingnut will be hosting its second annual cookout In Memory of People Murdered by the State on Monday May 30th, 2011. Come on over from 12 til everyone goes to sleep.

Flipping the Patriotic Memorial Day on its head, using the day as a platform to discuss the reality of police and state oppression, this annual memorial brings together the community in Southern Barton Heights as well as the broader community of people concerned with state oppression.

This is a potluck event- bring a dish, non-alcoholic beverage, or something to throw on a grill to share.

We will be unveiling a new series of murals in celebration of Anarchist history.

Entertainment will be provided by many different musicians, if you want to play an ACOUSTIC set please let us know.
Please contact the Wingnut if you are interested in performing this day.

If anyone is interested in speaking or presenting on a particular instance of state or police oppression please let us know.

Other entertainment to include Know Your Rights Skits brought to you by Richmond Copwatch and more!

This event, like all Wingnut events is a sober, all ages event.

We mailed out the first Wingnut Newsletter to a bunch of infoshops and radical spaces and anarchist collectives throughout the country. But we only had but so much stamp money. We scanned the newsletter and have made it available online for folks to look at!
Here is the link:

Wingnut Anarchist Collective Newsletter Number 1